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BMW 5-Series

BMW 5-Series

  BMW began producing the 5-Series models in 1972 and is currently producing the sixth generation of the luxury car. Sold in both sedan and touring styles, the BMW 5-Series is powered by a single turbo inline-6 N55 and the twin-turbo V8 N63, and is mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW also released the 5-Series Gran Turismo which is a coupé-like crossover powered by a single-turbo diesel I6 producing 242hp, a single-turbo I6 producing 302hp, and a twin-turbo V8 producing 402hp. These engines are mated to a ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and get stopping power from the new Brake Energy Regeneration system.

If you ask us the new BMW M5 is one of the few cars that needs no updates, but it seems the German tuner G-Power does not agree. They have started to update the new BMW M5 sports sedan and of course that they have started with a Stage I upgrade that will increase the power up to a total of 640 HP.

The package includes a G-Power Bi-Tronik III that will increase the power from the standard 560 HP to a total of 640 HP and 573 lbs-ft of torque. As a result the sprint from 0 to 60 mph will be made in 3,9 seconds and to 124 mph in 11,9 seconds.

Of course no changes have been made for the exterior, but the tuner opted to add a new set of 21" alloy wheels plus a new coil-over suspension, stainless steel sport rear muffler and a new Ceramic brake system completed by brake pads with a larger pad area, higher friction rate as well as metal-coated brake lines.

UPDATE 03/01/2012: G-Power has unveiled full details and new images on their upgrade package for the BMW M5. The upgraded BMW M5 is capable of hitting a top speed of 195 mph, but G-Power has promised that the next step would be an 800 HP version.

Prices for the different accessories are as follows: the wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport tires (265/30 ZR 21 and 305/25 ZR 21) is 8,325,00 € (or about $11,200 at the current rates), the G-POWER coil-over suspension GM5-RS is 2,179.00 € ($2,930), and the G-POWER Ceramic braking system is 14,460.50 € ($19,400) for the front axle and 11,778.15 € ($15,850) for the rear axle. The output increase with the help of the G-POWER BI-TRONIK III is 3,920,17,00 € ($5,270), including the individual adjustment of to the specific customer car.

German tuner Alpina has released a re-packaged and slightly upgraded program for the BMW 5-Series.

As we all know by now, the Alpina B5 BiTurbo is one pretty awesome car, and Alpina revised the program to make it even more attractive to its clientele. The order of business for the improved program was to take the car’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that originally produced 500 horsepower and 516 lb/ft of torque and give it some minor tweaks, resulting in an increased output of 533 horsepower and 538 lb/ft of torque.

The improvements have allowed the B5 BiTurbo to also improve its performance numbers from a 0 to 60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 191 mph to 4.5 seconds and 198 mph, respectively.

Styling tweaks were left to a minimum so don’t expect any drastic changes on how the B5 BiTurbo looks when it makes its debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in a few weeks time.

The BMW M5 and the Nissan GT-R are two cars that really don’t belong next to one another, but Chris Harris went ahead and compared both of them as he drove and drifted through the streets, and in the rain no less. His reasoning behind it was actually quite simple: "it’s perfect for YouTube search results, and that’s why we’re doing it." Hey, at least he’s honest.

Whatever the reason, these two cars were put to the test and this 13 minutes long video is the product of that. This will probably be the only time we will all see a sports sedan next to a sports coupe in an all out brawl, so sit back and enjoy the ride! Then you can listen as Chris Harris shares his thoughts on the two sports vehicles.

The X6 Active Hybrid may be seeing the end of its production day, but BMW is still forging ahead in its environmental pursuit with the new ActiveHybrid5. The new hybrid sedan will go on sale in March 2012.

The BMW ActiveHybrid5 combines a BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line engine, an electric drive system, and an eight-speed automatic gearbox. With a total output of 340 HP, the BMW ActiveHybrid 5 has become the most powerful and efficient full hybrid in its segment. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.9 seconds and deliver a fuel economy of 44 – 40 mpg. The 55 HP electric engine offers an all-electric driving range of up to 2.5 miles at an average speed of 22 mph.

The BMW ActiveHybrid5 will feature the same design language as the standard 5-Series , but will be further identified by "ActiveHybrid 5" lettering on the C-pillars, a BMW kidney grille with galvanized slats, and exhaust matte chrome tailpipes.

UPDATE 01/09/2012: BMW showed up to the 2012 Detroit Auto Show with pricing for their ActiveHybrid 5. The 2012 BMW ActiveHybrid 5 is scheduled to arrive in US BMW Centers in late Spring 2012 at a starting price of $61,845 (including the $895 Destination and Handling charge).

UPDATE 01/30/2012: BMW has announced that the new ActiveHybrid 5 will go on sale in March 2012 with a base MSRP of $61,845 (including $895 destination and handling). Next to this bit of news, the company has also unveiled a new set of images for the hybrid sedan. Enjoy!

Hit the jump to read more about the BMW ActiveHybrid 5.


BMW is doing a running jump into the diesel market by releasing a few new variations in one day. The highlight of this trio of diesels is the long-rumored M550d xDrive scheduled to appear at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2012. In Germany, the M550d xDrive will go on sale at a starting price of 80,800 euro ($104,500 at the current exchange rates) for the sedan and 83,750 euro ($108,400 at the current rates) for the station wagon version.

The BMW M550d xDrive is the first model to come from BMW’s latest M Performance Automobiles division and is joined by the X5 M50d and X6 M50d. All three models will share a new tri-turbo straight-six diesel engine that delivers a total of 381 HP and a peak torque of 546 lb-ft. In the M550d xDrive, this power is just enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.7 seconds, while top speed is limited to 155 mph. Fuel economy comes in at 44.8 mpg.

UPDATE 01/26/2012: This review has been updated with the official images and specs for the BMW M550d xDrive.

UPDATE 02/29/2012: BMW has unveiled a series of almost 100 new high res images presenting the new M550d xDrive in action in different locations. Check our picture gallery to see them all!

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Before we even get into the top list of sportscar for 2011, we think it would be best to clear something up: the new Porsche 911 would have definitely made the list if it wasn’t for the fact that it won’t be hitting Stateside until 2013.

That being said, we have a few top hitters for 2011 that we would be foolish not to take notice of. It was a battle trying to choose between the plethora of options provided in the sports car segment, but what we ended up with was a range of 450 HP to 560 HP, 0-60 mph sprint times between 4.6 seconds and 3.7 seconds, and speeds topping out between 186 mph and 198 mph.

Among the sportscar heavyweights is the intoxicating Jaguar XKR-S , the luscious BMW M5 , the curvaceous Chevolet Camaro Z06 , and the maddening Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale .

Hit the jump to check out each of these scintillating sports cars in detail.

Noted BMW tuning company Vorsteiner has been burning the midnight oil the past couple of weeks, having released one program after another for a number of models from the German automaker.

It appears that they’ve stretched their run of programs for Beamers into the next calendar year with the release of the new V-MS program for the BMW 5-Series F10.

The whole set of modifications encompass a comprehensive list of new aerodynamic body panels, all of which are made entirely out of carbon fiber. As if we expect anything less from Vorsteiner.

The carbon fiber V-MS components have been designed to fit cars equipped with the M-Sport package and includes a new front spoiler, a boot lid lip, a new diffuser section on the rear bumper, a bolt-on replacement cat-back performance exhaust system that’s available in either stainless steel or titanium, with the aforementioned exhaust slashing off about 25% of the weight from the standard equipment fitted by BMW into the 5-Series F10.

The whole set of modifications don’t come with any engine enhancements, which means that you’ll still see the 5er’s eight-cylinder engine boasting of an output that could reach up to 407 horsepower.

We know the deal about getting an uptick in power, but with already 407 ponies at your disposal with the 5-Series, you could do away without one, especially if you’re carrying Vorsteiner’s V-MS body kit program.

BMW M3 CRT

Right before Christmas, German magazine Autobild gave themselves a little present: they took all of the current BMW M models and tested them on the circuit to see which one was the fastest. All of the tests were done on the Sachsenring circuit in Germany and, surprising or not, the fastest model turned out to be the M3 CRT (E90) . In fact, according to Autobild, not only was it the fastest from all the models tested, it was also the fastest M Car they have ever tested on the Sachsenring.

The M3 CRT lapped the circuit in 1:38.87 , closely followed by the M5 with a lap time of 1:38.90 and the 1-Series M Coupe with a time of 1:40.18. The list continues with the M3 in coupe, sedan, and convertible forms and ends with the X6M and X5M . Both SUVs were faster than the old E60 M5.

And just for fun, Autobild also brought a Porsche Panamera Turbo S and a Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG to the test. Hit the jump to see the official lap times.

Source: 5post

German tuning firm, Prior Design, has become quite the specialist in outfitting high-end vehicles with impressive aerodynamic kits. Apparently, they’ve become so good at it that they’re releasing these programs one at a time at an increasingly frequent rate.

Prior Design’s latest project involves the new BMW 5-Series F10 sedan and true to form, they’ve done yet another remarkable job. As a whole, the program includes plenty of new carbon fiber additions, particularly the new front apron, which by the way comes with LED daytime running lights. There’s also a new integrated carbon fiber spoiler, sill extensions, a carbon fiber rear window spoiler, and a specially built diffuser insert that frames the 5er’s stainless steel quad tailpipes.

To top it all off, the BMW’s hood comes with a print design that we can only describe as a little bit "leopard-ish." We certainly don’t know how it fits into the whole program and the 5-Series’ stature as a luxury car, but if Prior Design wants to include it with their program, we certainly won’t question their credibility in that regard.

Performance modifications were most likely not left undone, but that doesn’t mean the BMW 5-Series needs one, especially when you consider that power for the car can go all the way up to 407 horsepower, courtesy of an eight-cylinder engine boasting BMW’s TwinPower Turbo Technology and High Precision Injection.

Following up on the teaser trailers for Jeremy Clarkson’s Powered up DVD, Top Gear’s main man has released another video with a bit more action than the first two. In this video, Clarkson goes through some of his favorite cars of the year and his top pick is surprisingly not a Ferrari or a Lamborghini , even though a Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder Performante did take third place on his preference list.

Instead, the British star has chosen one of the most amazing cars launched this year by BMW : the 1-Series M Coupe . Usually not a fan of BMW’s, Clarkson has appointed the 1M as the “Most Fun Car Of The Year.” The 1M pulled ahead of many of the classic favorites in the auto world, including the Ferrari FF and 458 Italia , the aforementioned Lamborghini Gallardo Performante , the Nissan Skyline , and the McLaren MP4-12C .

The new BMW 535d Touring M Sport also got a spot on his "favorites" list, grabbing the top spot as "2011 Car of the Year."


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